We at 3ecruit like the Christmas atmosphere as much as everybody else does. So why not combine it with our shared passion for 3d printing. To see all the examples of the To 10 , feel free to have a look at 3dprint.com. Most of the models are available through Thingiverse

This is truly a great time to be a nerd–what with comic book movies, TV shows and new Star Wars adventures all around us we’ve officially gone mainstream. While most nerds wouldn’t ever let public scorn stop them from displaying the things that they love, the holidays are an especially perfect time to display all of your nerd-cred. This year it is easier than ever to decorate your house, and especially your Christmas tree, with the nerdiest decorations that you’ll ever be able to find.

So the theme for this week’s Ten 3D Printable Things is Nerdy Christmas tree ornaments, and I’ll tell you it was A LOT of work to condense all of the amazing options down to just ten. It was probably the hardest that I ever had to work to whittle my list down, so if you don’t see anything that tickles your nerd fancy, just take a look at Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory, Pinshape and Etsy and you’re bound to find something that fits your nerd aesthetic.

 

3D PRINTER ORNAMENT

 

3D Print your Christmas

Found on: Thingiverse

Cost: Free

Why not start things off really meta with a 3D printable 3D printer ornament? This cool Christmas tree ornament will identify you as a 3D printing fan right away (whether that’s a good thing or not is a different story). The printer ornament is styled after an Afinia (or Up!) 3D printer and prints out in about twenty individual little pieces that will need to be glued together. You can print them in different colors, or just use a single filament color and paint on the details yourself.

The model’s designer said that he removed the year on the model, so you can add your own custom message or just leave it blank. While the files include the 3D printed hat, it shouldn’t be too hard to replace the hat with something else, like a mini Yoda head, if you want to use this for something other than Christmas.

 

SUPERCAPACITOR SANTA MOVING ORNAMENT

3D Print your Christmas

Found on: Thingiverse

Cost: Free

Every one of my Ten 3D Printable Things lists needs an engineering project, and this rotating supercapacitor-powered Santa ornament fits the bill perfectly. This is a great starter maker project for kids, or anyone new to making and building. I would also suggest this as a great project for maker clubs and science classes, if it isn’t too close to holiday breaks (and the holidays).

The moving ornament includes Santa in his traditional holiday sleigh chasing Rudolf in his traditional holiday propellor airplane. Just like in the thrilling stories of Santa hunting down reindeer, Santa is shown engaging with Rudolf in their iconic death-defying dog fight at 30,000 feet for the fate of the world and all of the reindeer games. Oh, you haven’t heard that story?

The Thingiverse page includes a full list of components and assembly instructions, and the parts will need to be painted.

 

SUPER MARIO BROS. CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS

3D Print your Christmas

Found on: Thingiverse

Cost: Free

It’s-a me-a! Mario! Yes, if you have a 3D printer than you can have the Super Mario Bros.-themed Christmas tree of your nerd dreams. The 3D printable ornaments include Mario or Luigi, a cloud, a coin, KoopaTroopa, a flower and a goomba. The Thing files also include a PDF so you can print off the mario bricks and make paper loop chains to complete the look of the tree. The files can be printed using multiple materials, or printed in a single material and painted.

And here are a few other Super Mario Bros ornaments and decorations that you can use:

Pixel Star Tree Topper
Bullet Bill
Mushrooms
Spiny Koopa (Just don’t print the rest of the model)